Dr Robert Oppenheimer’s Optimism Falls

By which I mean “the Manhattan Project Pack free DLC for RUSE has (probably) arrived.” As evidenced by yon screenshot above, this multiplayer-centric gimme adds a little nuclear frisson to yer World War II strategisin’. For your no-dollars, you get three new maps and two new modes – one of which includes nukey “Long Toms”. Missus. There’s also the option to play the game at accelerated chronology, which the boy Quinns got quite excited about the other week. The DLC is in theory supposed to auto-update onto the parent game in Steam right now, but I hear murmurings of some sort of snafu. And luck, generals?

And whatever was I quoting in the headline?


  1. Theory says:

    Developers, journalists: please stop calling patches “free DLC”.


    • Martha Stuart says:

      Technically a patch is a DLC, being as DLC stands for Downlodable content……FYI

    • Theory says:

      Technically DLC is a patch, a patch being an addition to the original product. FYI.

      My problem is that using the term signals acceptance of the console monetisation strategy. What used to be the norm becomes a “hey look, we’re doing things and not expecting you to pay extra for them! Aren’t we cool?” PR event. It’s all very cynical.

    • The Hammer says:

      I’ve always understood patches to have been mostly for bug-fixing, with sometimes new stuff – er, downloadable content – tucked in with it. I’m not sure where you got the idea that new things to play with in patches was the norm though, Theory; seems to me that only Valve, DICE, and a few notable RTS devs used to give anything substantial away for free. Remember expansion packs?

    • Nova says:

      That was called content patch back then, if I remember correctly.
      I also dislike that now everything has to be DLC. I wonder when they start calling patches DLF (Downloadable Fix) or something of that kind.

    • psyk says:

      I hate the word INDIE games, they used to be called share/free ware instead of that crappy marketing speak ;D

    • yhancik says:

      What about commercial indie games that are not shareware, though ? :p

      Wasn’t Duke Nukem 3D a shareware ? But was it indie ? Or AAA of the time ?

      Ah and what about the word AAA actually ?

    • Chris D says:

      Yep. When was the last time you saw an A or AA game?

      AAA? Don’t get me started…..

    • trillex says:

      And patches for consoles are now called “Title Updates”.

      Crazy world.

    • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

      It’s triple-AAA nowadays.

    • Jimmy says:


      I see over on Kotaku that Double Fine have another game that is pretty much AAA called Stacking, maybe even AAA+. Not available for PC in stores near you.

  2. Dolphan says:

    Woo, Billy Bragg. Awesome song.

    • Wilson says:

      Yep. Awesome, awesome song.

    • Skategodindy says:

      Curses! I was just about to make that comment. You win this round Dolphan, but I’ll be in the shadows, waiting to strike at the opportunity to spot out a throwback to Billy Bragg.

    • Wilson says:

      @Skategodindy – Yeah, I was disappointed as well. I looked and thought, wow, only four comments, I can surely be the first to comment on Billy Bragg. But no.

    • BooleanBob says:

      I loved you then, as I love you still
      Though I put you on a pedestal, they put you on the pill

    • drygear says:

      I don’t feel bad about letting you go,
      I just feel sad about letting you know.

    • bigredrock says:

      Yay, Billy! RPS has impeccable taste. And in the game.

    • Tom OBedlam says:

      Seeing that put a big shit eating grin on my face :)

    • Edgar the Peaceful says:

      “Mixing pop and politics, they ask me what the use is.
      I offer them embarrassment and my usual excuses”

      One of his best numbers, for me.

  3. Malawi Frontier Guard says:

    Can I fake the nuclear explosion too?

    • Miked says:

      Maybe with a giant bag of flour…

    • Wilson says:

      Hehe, hope your opponent rage quits before they realize they haven’t actually lost anything.